Shatter Beauty Standards: How to Achieve Glass Skin for Melanated Beauties
Do you feel like your melanated skin doesn’t fit the mainstream beauty narrative? It can certainly feel this way sometimes, especially with Glass Skin as the latest skincare trend that seems like it’s being discussed just about everywhere and showcased as the go-to beauty routine.
But, frustrate thou not, beauties.
Many of us have been unknowingly rockin’ this “Glass Skin” trend for most of our lives. Glass skin is essentially a term used to describe skin that is well-moisturized, with no visible pores on the face and skin that is free from acne and inflammation.
Glass Skin is a K-beauty trend that focuses on achieving a smooth, translucent, and reflective complexion that looks like glass. And, in mainstream, social media speak, the key to achieving Glass Skin is a combination of hydration, exfoliation, and nourishment.
To get there, you need to start with a good base. That means finding a gentle, yet effective cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Look for cleansers that contain glycolic acid, which helps to exfoliate the skin, revealing a brighter and more even-toned complexion.
Hydration is Key
One of the biggest differences between melanated skin and lighter skin tones is the amount of melanin in our skin. This melanin means that our skin retains more moisture, which is why we often have a natural dewy glow. However, this doesn’t mean that we don’t need to hydrate our skin. In fact, hydration is even more important for melanated skin because it helps to prevent hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.
To achieve Glass Skin, start by hydrating your skin from the inside out. Drinking plenty of water and eating water-rich foods like cucumbers, watermelon, and celery can help to keep your skin looking plump and hydrated.
When it comes to skincare products, look for hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe vera. These ingredients will help to lock in moisture and keep your skin looking supple.
Exfoliation is Your Friend
Exfoliation is crucial for achieving Glass Skin because it helps to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. However, as someone with melanated skin, you want to be careful not to over-exfoliate, as this can lead to irritation and inflammation.
Instead, look for gentle exfoliants like enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). These ingredients will help to slough away dead skin cells without causing irritation.
Nourish Your Skin
Finally, to achieve that Glass Skin glow, you want to nourish your skin with ingredients that will help to improve its overall health and appearance. Look for products that contain antioxidants like vitamin C, which can help to brighten and even out your skin tone.
You’ll also want to incorporate products that contain niacinamide, which can help to reduce inflammation and hyperpigmentation. And don’t forget about sunscreen! Wearing sunscreen every day is crucial for protecting your skin from further damage and preventing dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
When it comes to makeup, using a damp beauty blender to apply your foundation can help to create a more natural and dewy finish.
Using products like these consistently can help you achieve Glass Skin. And, of course, getting regular facials can help to give your skin that extra boost of hydration and radiance.
Glass Skin as a melanated beauty is definitely possible, and again, many of us have already had this type of skin naturally. But, if you’re looking to achieve it and enhance what you already have, you can elevate your skin with the right products, techniques, and consistency.
Remember to focus on hydration (inside and outside), exfoliation, and brightening ingredients, both in your skincare routine and your makeup application, and don’t forget the importance of regular facials.
With these tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to unlocking the secret to the coveted Glass Skin look.